Unit Supply Operator

Do you believe everything has its place and prefer order above chaos? Then a job as a Unit Supply Operator is for you where you'll coordinate, warehouse and plan a variety of stores and equipment essential to keeping the Army units running smoothly.

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Job Overview

About the Job

Someone comes in and asks for a machine gun and twelve parachutes. Obviously there is more to it than just telling them which aisle they're in.

As a Unit Supply Operator (also known as a Unit Quartermaster) you'll be responsible for supplying Army units with everything they need. You'll be a supply specialist performing a range of duties from stores accounting, electronic ledger entry to warehousing duties including receiving and issuing stores.

Due to the diverse nature of the role there is a variety of employment opportunities ranging from providing support to small teams or units either on exercise, in a battle zone, or in barracks.

As you progress you'll gain a great deal of logistic skills including personnel, material and financial management. A Unit Supply Operator is a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC), which is part of one of the largest logistic organisations in Australia. It is responsible for a large range of tasks not only supporting the Army but also the Navy and Air Force.

Your duties:

The duties listed below are those that could be expected to be performed. Note that not all duties are performed in each position:

  • Performing stores accounting, receipt and issue transactions
  • Stores handling including selecting, packaging, distribution, and destruction of surplus or damaged stock
  • Handle, store and distribute dangerous goods
  • Assist in the planning of stores requirements for ordering, returning and maintenance of military equipment
  • Assist in the calculation of unit resource requirements and basic financial management

You may also learn to drive trucks and off-road forklifts as part of your duties; and general soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, navigation, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles and field equipment.

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Join the ADF with appropriate high school passes

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Salary can be over $61,800 p.a. on completion of initial employment training. This salary includes Uniform and Service allowance.


Key Information

National Qualifications

Army is currently undertaking a review of civil accreditation gained through Army training.

Salary & Allowances

Salary while undertaking Military (Recruit) Training: $1,406 per fortnight ($36,571 per year).*

Salary while undertaking Initial Employment Training: $1,607 per fortnight ($41,795 per year).*

While under training, you will also receive $395 per fortnight ($10,288 per year pro rata) Trainee Allowance.

Each General Entry job in the Australian Defence Force is classified into a pay grade. This particular job commences at Pay Grade 2 on completion of Initial Employment Training.

Salary (excluding allowances) on completion of Initial Employment Training: $1,884 per fortnight ($48,990 per year).*

In addition to your salary, you will receive Service Allowance of $527 per fortnight ($13,717 per year). This allowance compensates a member for the unique requirements that service life may impose on an individual and his or her family.

To assist you in maintaining your uniforms in good order and condition, you will also receive a Uniform Allowance of $16 per fortnight ($419 per year).

Salary will continue to increase based on rank and the number of years of service completed in that rank. Pay Grade may also increase following the acquisition of additional skills and completion of advanced courses.

Refer to the Salary Scales for further details.

* Note: These figures do not include compulsory deductions for taxation; meals, accommodation and utilities (as applicable); and superannuation.


Unit Supply Operator personnel are employed in over 95% of all Army units as well as some Navy and Air Force bases. Due to their specialist supply skills they are in high demand and perform a variety of duties.

Some Unit Supply Operator positions are in a support unit that provides supply support to a large grouping of individual units as part of a large integrated logistic team. This team also includes other logistic support trades such as repair and maintenance specialists, health specialists and transport drivers. Other Unit Supply Operator positions are located in individual units and provide dedicated support to that unit alone, often as part of a small team.



Applicants must be aged between 17 and 55 years of age inclusive on day of entry. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.

Education & Experience

Completion of Australian Year 10 education (or equivalent) with passes in English and Mathematics,


If you do not satisfy the education requirements for this trade or do not possess evidence of your educational attainment there is an alternative pathway available to you.

You may be eligible to sit an Alternative Education Equivalency (AEE) assessment to ascertain your ability at the required educational level for this trade.

Further information is available here.

Medical & Fitness

To be enlisted or appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry to your chosen occupation. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.

You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.

For further details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF and Medical Process for Entry into the ADF.

Period of Service

You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of four years. Subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. You may request discharge at any time provided you do not have an outstanding IMPS obligation.


The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.

Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.

The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.

Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.


Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.

If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.

Find out more in our Citizenship page or ask your local Defence Force Recruiting Centre.

Security Requirements

The Department of Defence requires ADF employees to have security clearances appropriate to their employment.

A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews, enables the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.

The minimum security clearance level required is Negative Vetting Level 1, and current policy requires applicants to have a checkable background for the previous 10 years. Required information includes:

  • Residence
  • Employment
  • Education
  • Credit

Australian Citizenship is a requirement for a security clearance and a clearance will only be granted to a non-citizen in exceptional circumstances.

NOTE: The security clearance is critical to an applicants successful progression through the Army training system. If an applicant is unable to obtain the required security clearance in time, they will not be allowed to continue their training and may need to be re-allocated to another employment category. As such, it is strongly recommended that all applicants obtain the required documentation as soon as possible to provide the best opportunity to be employed in their preferred employment category.


Military Training

All General Entry recruits into the Australian Regular Army are required to complete the Recruit Course.

Total Duration: 80 days.

Location: Kapooka, Wagga Wagga, NSW.

Recruit training is the same for male and female entrants. During the 80 day Army Recruit Course you will be required to take part in physical training, weapon handling and shooting, first aid, drill and field craft. The training is deliberately challenging and has been designed to prepare you to be a soldier in today's Army. Recruits gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence during basic training, and on completion of the course feel justifiably proud of what they have achieved.

For more details on recruit training, refer to the Joining instructions. These instructions will provide you and your family with enough information to arrange your personal affairs before enlistment in the Army, and give you an idea of what you will be doing on the recruit course.

Further information is also available at the Army Recruit Training Centre website.

During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and (Initial) Employment Training, members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities.

Employment Training

Unit Supply Operator Course: 45 days, not including weekends (Including on pavement Forklift training)

Location: Army Logistics Training Centre, Bandiana, Victoria.